Preventing mosquitoes is important because of the health risks they pose. And it is never too late to take action. If you are reading this, you are probably having issues with mosquitoes. We’re here to help. Here are a few facts about mosquitoes and how to keep them at bay.
What Attracts Mosquitoes?
The two things mosquitoes need to survive are water and food. And everybody knows one food source for mosquitoes is human blood. If you have a pool party, family gathering, or another outdoor event, it’s like announcing ‘Open Bar’ to mosquitoes. You’ve just congregated all kinds of food sources for them to snack on. And mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, so if there are outside activities such as basketball, volleyball, etc. mosquitoes will be even more excited to join. When a person gets hot and sweaty, mosquitoes can sense the hot spots where a person’s blood is closest to the surface, so they know where the best spot to ‘feed’ on a person is. Furthermore, if there is water on or near your property, this gives them breeding grounds so they’re sure to want to stay.
Mosquitoes Pose Potential Health Risks
Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying. They pose serious health risks. Mosquitoes are linked to canine heartworm and other diseases that affect our pets and livestock. They can also transfer dangerous diseases to humans such as West Nile virus, malaria, Dengue fever, Zika virus, yellow fever, and several forms of encephalitis. Instead of hiding inside all summer, there are some things you can do to reduce the mosquito presence and still enjoy your backyard.
How You Can Reduce Mosquito Presence Around Your Oceanport Home
Though the mosquito population around your home may seem overwhelming, there are a few precautionary methods you can take to reduce the mosquito population in your Oceanport yard.
- Cover pools when not in use.
- Remove stagnant water (unused flower pots, wheelbarrows or other items that might collect rain, broken pipes or leaking faucets, pet bowls and birdbaths, etc.)
- Clear out clogged gutters.
- Keep your grass and yard maintained. Trim bushes and trees and avoid thick overgrowth.
- Bug zappers attract bugs with their UV light, which can inadvertently draw more mosquitoes to a yard. (Take note that zappers only kill male (non-biting) mosquitoes.)
- If you have done all you can to reduce the mosquito presence near your home and they are still a problem, then it is time to seek professional help.
How Pride Pest Service Can Help With Your Mosquito Problem
If you are still having a problem with mosquitoes, it’s time to call Pride Pest Service to treat the perimeter of your home in order to create a barrier that will keep pests from entering your home and kill off any eggs mosquitoes may have laid near your home.
Our team at Pride Pest Service is dedicated to reducing the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses by helping you drastically reduce the mosquito activity in your yard. Call us today to find out how we can help you with your seasonal mosquito problem.